Recycle for Lewisham

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Living Waters Christian Centre Food Service cooks up a storm with Lewisham

Over the years, Lewisham’s recycling and waste minimisation team have set out to raise awareness of the enormous waste generated by people throwing away food. This includes food that could have been eaten – it may have been forgotten about, not stored correctly, or not used for a number of other reasons.

To help our residents reduce food wastage at home, we’ve put on public educational cooking demonstrations in supermarkets, local street markets and at People’s Day and have ran cooking classes at  a variety of venues around the borough.

Lewisham residents about to enjoy the fruits of their labour. New recipes learnt in the first of Honor Oak Community Centre and Lewisham Councils  Love Food Hate Waste cooking class.

Lewisham residents about to enjoy the fruits of their labour. New recipes learnt in the first of Honor Oak Community Centre and Lewisham Councils Love Food Hate Waste cooking class.

Now we’ve taken it a step further. Lewisham has teamed up with Living Waters Christian Centre Food Service and developed a series of 4 Love Food Hate Waste cooking classes in co-junction with their Food Bank. These classes are intended for those who don’t feel confident with their cooking skills and need to cook to a budget. Though targeted to residents registered for the Food Bank, all Lewisham residents are welcome to come and learn.

Our first class went down like a treat.

“I learnt how to make a meal out of virtually nothing just by adding things that’s already around the fridge or cupboard”

The content of the class was designed to show how by creating a very simple sauce made from just a few basic ingredients you can then sprout many different flavoursome meals from this one foundation. From a simple tomato based sauce we made a curry, courgette boats with spicy sausage and finally smoky mince and rice stuffed peppers. Along the way, we discussed all the ways that you could prevent food waste.

Having achieved a fun and educational session of cooking, and of course eating the results, here’s a few more comments about the course from the participants:

 “I learnt that you can freeze eggs and how to keep herbs fresh for longer!”

 “I don’t like to waste food so finding out how to preserve food that’s on the brink of being perished was helpful” 

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New app from Love Food Hate Waste helps consumers save £££’s while on the move

Help is at hand for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while ‘on the go’, thanks to a newly-updated app from Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW).

Launched today (Wednesday, April 24th) and available for both iPhone and Android devices, the app enables users to organise a wide range of information and features, and tailor this to their own, individual requirements.

2.LFHW appThe free app offers a host of features including:

  • ‘My kitchen’ – store details of all the foods you’ve got at home in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Add ‘use by’ reminders so you don’t waste food
  • Portion planner and a meal planning diary
  • 100s of great recipes (with new ones regularly added) with simple, step-by-step instructions
  • A feast of helpful tips and ideas from LFHW
  • Keep a record of your own creations by adding your recipes to a ‘My cookbook’ section
  • Rate and share recipes
  • Portion planner and a meal planner diary
  • ‘Shopping list’ not only tracks everything you need for your planned meals, but also alerts you if you have duplicates of any ingredients.  Instantly ‘unpack’ your food purchases into your virtual kitchen

3.LFHW app

The updated app also offers a ‘My profile’ area where users can record what they’ve cooked, culinary ‘achievements’, and, the chance to opt for connecting via Facebook or Twitter with friends and family who also use the app.

“This all-new app, which is free to download and use, builds on the knowledge and expertise LFHW has gained over the years,” said LFHW’s Emma Marsh.

“In the UK, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year, much of which could have been eaten. This good food and drink costs us around £12bn a year, and the average household could save up to £50 a month by making the most of the food they buy.

“Wasting less food is not only good for our pockets, but it’s also good for the environment, helping to save energy and water, and reducing our carbon footprint,” she added. “By making all this information available via the new free app, we want to make it even easier for people to get the most from the food they buy.”

1. LFHW app

Smartphone users can download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

To download the iphone version:

To download the android version:

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Love Food Hate Waste Christmas tips

Get ready for Christmas

Make stuffing for the turkey now and freeze ready to use on Christmas day. Make bacon-wrapped-chipolatas and put them in freezer bags ready to use when you need them.

Roasted turkey

 Oranges and lemons

If you use a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange juice in a recipe, don’t throw the skins away – put them in a bag and freeze for grating at another time. Use in risottos, cakes etc. Lemon slices freeze well too, so you have them ready to add to cold drinks at any time.

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 Don’t like Christmas pudding?

Try festive baked fruit instead. Cut fruit into chunks – apples, pears, plums, apricots, damsons – put them in an oven-proof dish with honey, a splash of orange juice, some dried fruit, a knob of butter and a dash of brandy. Then sprinkle with nutmeg, all spice or cinnamon, cover and bake for about 25 minutes. Eat straight away or cool it down and freeze for another day.

Turkey, ham and leek pie

Love Food Hate Waste

Cranberry brownies

Love Food Hate Waste

Mini-Christmas cakes

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Come and have a go at the £ood Waste Challenge

Recycle for London are recruiting people for their £ood Waste Challenge taking place from 17th – 30th November 2012. The £ood Waste Challenge is a two week challenge getting Londoners to see how much food they throw away in a normal week, then giving them tips and information on how to reduce that. The challenge would be for participants to reduce their food waste by the greatest amount over a one week period.

Sign up or pledge to reduce your food waste.

 What we want people to do:

  • Sign up/pledge to reduce their food waste
  • Commit to make a note/diary over two weeks of what food and drink they throw away at home (ideally as a household, but can be as an individual if in shared house, student halls etc)
  • Weigh the total amount of food and drink thrown away in weeks 1 and 2 (Recycle for London will provide tools to help if necessary)
  • If they can, do some sort of communications (Facebook posts, blog, photo blog, video diary, tweets, article in newspaper etc) to tell people what they are doing and how it’s going

 Go to event at City Hall on Friday 23rd November to:

  • meet other participants
  • share results
  • share experiences, thoughts on what they threw away most, hardest to avoid, top tips, recipes etc
  • learn more about food waste and how to save money at home
  • get toolkit and learn tips to reduce food waste
  • Share ideas on how other people can reduce their food waste and save money
  • Let them know if happy to participate in any PR (eg media interviews etc)

If you’d like to find out more about the Challenge simply visit the Recycle for London website to register your interest and the team will get in touch with more information:

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Love food? Hate waste? Like composting?

Lewisham Council is offering free workshops that you, your family or your friends may be interested in. One theme is home composting and the other is Love Food Hate Waste. Short workshop will give you lots of tips and information on saving money and using food wisely to ensure you waste as little as possible.  On top of this, you will learn how to compost properly so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste into compost that can be used on your garden. The dates and locations are as follows:

Learn to compost

Goldsmiths Community Centre,

Castillon Road, SE6 1QD

Love Food Hate Waste and Composting

Wed 25th July

Recycling stall – 10am to 1pm (this is not a workshop)

Composting workshop 1.30 to 2.45pm

LFHW workshop – 3pm – 4.15pm

Wed 1st Aug

Recycling stall – 1pm to 2.50pm (this is not a workshop)

Composting workshop 3pm to 4.15pm

LFHW workshop – 4.45pm to 6pm

Composting workshop – 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Love food? Hate waste?

Fri 3rd Aug

LFHW workshop – 9.45am to 11am

Composting workshop – 11.30am to 12.45 pm

LFHW workshop – 1.30 to 2.45 pm

Recycling stall – 3pm to 4.15pm (this is not a workshop)

Wed 8th Aug

Recycling stall – 1.30 – 4.20pm (this is not a workshop)

LFHW workshop – 4.30 to 5.45pm

Composting workshop – 6.15pm to 7.30pm

Fri 10th Aug

LFHW workshop – 10am to 11.15am

Recycling stall – 11.30 to 1.45pm (this is not a workshop)

Composting workshop – 2.15pm to 3.30pm


Learn to compost

Wed 15th Aug

Composting workshop – 11.30am to 12.45pm

Recycling/LFHW stall – 1.30 – 4pm (this is not a workshop)


But wait there’s more!!!

Saturday 1 September

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve – Composting workshops only

Forest Hill

SE23 3TQ (entrance is opposite Tyson Road)

9.30–10.45am or


Monday 3 September

Dacres Wood – Composting workshops only

Dacres Rd,

Forest Hill

SE23 2NZ (entrance is adjacent to Homefield House)



Downham Library – Composting workshops only

within the Downham Health & Leisure Centre,

7–9 Moorside Road,


Wednesday 5 September

5–6.15pm or 7–8.15pm

Thursday 6 September,

11am–12.15pm or 1–2.15pm